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Lady Toppers eclipsed by Bulldogs in regional quarterfinal

By Cara L. Dempski

CHETEK — “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” is an American linguistic idiom that implies sometimes sheer determination can best size, strength, or ability.

The sentiment is one Glenwood City head girls’ basketball coach Dean Fayerweather has likely felt often over the course of this season. He has noted time and again his pride in the fight displayed by the Lady Hilltoppers, while also acknowledging there were a few mental hurdles that needed to be overcome.

Perhaps the clearest example of the team’s desire and drive to keep competing showed up in the Hilltoppers’ February 20 WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal game at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, where the Toppers trailed by six at one point, but eventually succumbed to end their season with a 42-31 loss.

Fayerweather opened his written comments on the game with “We played well and hard. Chetek has two big post players, and we did not match up well against them. If there is any weakness for our team, it was a dominant post player.”

The Glenwood City coach followed up by writing that he was pleased his team never gave up and played hard until the last few minutes.

The Hilltoppers trailed by 11 points at halftime, but were six for 10 from the line in the first half. The visiting GC girls outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-15 in the second half, but it just was not enough.

It was 30-20 in favor of the Bulldogs with 10:45 to play when Chetek-Weyerhaeuser pulled away to a 37-23 lead over the next two-and-one-half minutes. But then, with just about 7:40 still to play, the Hilltopper girls went on an 8-0 run.

Cortney Jo Lawson canned a three-point shot from the key to make the score 37-26, and then Delanie Fayerweather picked up her only two points of the contest to make it 37-28. Lawson struck again with another three, at 4:47 to make the score 37-31.

The Lady Bulldogs drained a pair of field goals to lead 41-31 win 3:36 still to play. The Hilltoppers put up several shots, but none went through, and the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser girls ran a stall as the final seconds ticked away on their win.

The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser team went on to face first-seeded St. Croix Falls in the Friday February 23 semifinal, falling 56-28 to the top-seeded Saints.

Senior Jenesa Klinger nabbed top scoring honors for Glenwood City with 10 points in the game, while Delaney Quinn and Lawson each contributed six, Mariah Voeltz tacked up five, and Olivia Scalze and Fayerweather each earned two points in the game.

A pair of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser players, Maggie Reisner and Morgan Davis, tied with 15 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs.

Glenwood City will say good bye to Klinger, Voeltz, Makayla O’Brien, Lawson and Emily Hill at graduation this spring, but retain juniors Quinn, Scalze, Hanna Strehlo, Bella Gaustad, Alexys Curvello, Maggie Wallin and Olivia Janson, as well as sophomore Makiah Schutz and freshman Delanie Fayerweather as part of their varsity squad for the 2018-2019 season.

The Lady Hilltoppers finished the season with a 4-19 overall record after going 3-11 in the Dunn-St. Croix.

Glenwood City…………………..15  16 — 31
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser…………26  15 — 41


Glenwood City (10-7-12-31) — J. Klinger 4-1-1-10, M. Voeltz 1-3-2-5, D. Quinn 1-3-2-6, H. Strehlo 0-0-1-0, A. Curvello 0-0-1-0, O. Scalze 1-0-1-2, D. Fayerweather 1-0-1-2, C. Lawson 2-0-1-6, E. Hill 0-0-2-0.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (15-9-13-41) — A. Olson 1-0-0-2, M. Haas 1-0-2-3, M. Reisner 4-6-3-15, M. Timm 2-0-0-4, E. Sather 1-0-3-2, M. Davis 6-3-1-15, M. Schofield 0-0-3-0.

GC — J. Klinger 1, D. Quinn 1; CW — M. Haas 1, M. Reisner 1.